Liquidambar styraciflua ‘Worplesdon’ Sweet Gum

Description: Worplesdon has a rounded, heavy crown, is long lived and will eventually grow to 25 metres. The deep lobed leaves are a light green when they unfurl in spring, changing to a glossy dark green over the summer, before finally turning brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow for a stunning autumn show. Produces small, bright green flowers on slender stalks from March to April and clusters of large, pendulous, woody brown, spherical fruit capsules during the autumn. Corky, fissured bark creates yet more interest in the winter months.

History: Introduced by George Jackman & Son, Woking Nursery Ltd, Surrey in 1968. Received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in 2002.

Liquidambar Growing Tips: Liquidambar should be planted in full sun to achieve their best colour, in neutral to acid soil that is moist but well-drained. Once the trees mature, they tolerate occasional drought as well as periodic flooding. Protect from frost when young.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 4.5m x 3.5m

Attributes

  • Deciduous
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • M Size: Medium
  • Tree shape: Standard
  • Award-winning
  • Open space planting
  • Needs well-draining site
  • Attractive bark
  • Replacement prune
  • Autumn colour

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